Youth Camp Overview

Thank you for your interest!

Registration for all 2014 sessions is closed!

Registration for 2015 sessions opens in November 2014.  Check back here for more information!

 

Overview

How many of us wonder if we could have been really great at some type of craft or skill, given an earlier start? Sherwood Forest Summer Camp attendees have the rare opportunity to try their hands at many crafts and skills that are no longer widely taught. Maybe your child is a natural with a bow? Or perhaps they are made for the stage, but never had a chance to be in a play before. It is amazing what new things a child can learn when you take away the distractions of modern technology and put them in a room with a skilled teacher. All of our hands-on activities take place in our 23-acre medieval village. Campers will be transported back in time to a world of knights, ladies, and a simpler way of life. Campers will work with their hands to create useful tools and learn skills that were essential to daily living in the Renaissance. No modern entertainment devices will be available. Every member of our team, whether a paid staff member or a volunteer, undergoes a strict screening and application process, and is required to participate in First Aid and CPR training. Our nurse is on site 24/7 and our pool is monitored closely by a skilled lifeguard. Meals are prepared by food industry professionals. We are fully state certified.


Curriculum

We generally offer 10-12 classes per session, along the lines of Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, Archery, Swordplay, Theatre, Pottery, Candle Making, Falconry, Chainmaile, and Herb Lore. To keep the curriculum fresh, we may swap out some classes from session to session and year to year.

Visit our Curriculum page for the current list. Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, sometimes classes are swapped out at the last moment.  We do our best to make sure any substitutions are even more amazing than the class they are replacing!

These classes are among the new ones in our 2014 curriculum:

  • Magic – Campers this year will learn the art of magic from a master magician willing to share a few of those arcane secrets. Abra Kadabra!
  • Costuming – Campers this year will learn to make those wonderful costumes we all love to wear to Sherwood Forest Faire.
Sword PlayFalconryBlacksmithingArchery

Accommodations

We are excited to be able to offer campers the opportunity to sleep inside Sherwood’s Great Hall, a medieval castle.  (Imagine your camper’s excitement when you tell them they get to sleep in a castle?) It will be a dormitory setting, with girls and boys sleeping separately.

Schedule

In 2014 we will have 3 sessions of 6 nights each (drop off Sunday, pick up Saturday).  If campers are attending multiple sessions consecutively, they can stay with us on that “bridge” Saturday night and enjoy extra-special activities at no extra charge!  (We’ll do their laundry for no additional charge, too)

  • Session I  – Jul 6-12
  • Session II – Jul 13-19
  • Session III – Jul 20-26

Campers will wake and eat breakfast by 8:00am and go to bed by 10:00pm. During their 14 hour day they will attend four to five classes, and will have fun participating in group activities. Each day they will enjoy 3 healthy, delicious meals, several healthy snacks, have time to cool off in the pool, have a nap if desired, and will shower before bed.

Meals

We offer a healthy, kid friendly menu with options to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.   Our catering is performed by Como Ristorante Italiano, which has a solid history serving patrons at Sherwood Forest Faire since its inception (2010) and also Summer Camp kiddos since its inception (2012).  The food industry professionals at Como’s can accommodate any dietary restrictions.

Want to Know More?

  • Have a look at our 2013 Exit Survey Results.  The survey results aggregate the opinions of almost every single camper and staff member.
  • See what other parents have said about Sherwood Forest Summer Camp on our Testimonials page.
  • Visit our Flickr page to look at photo albums from past years.
  • Join our Facebook page to see updates about camp.
  • Download our brochure!
  • Download the 2014 Parent Packet.
  • Contact us with questions or to request our References document (a few parents and campers who have agreed to speak to prospective families).

Tuition

Tuition per child per week: $795.  Your $150 deposit is due with the camper’s application, and the balance is due by June 30th.

Discounts

$50 discount for each of the following:

  • paying tuition in full and completing all registration paperwork by December 31 (Note: there is a reduced discount of $25 for doing so by March 31st, if you miss the first deadline)
  • each sibling after the first, if attending together
  • each week after the first, if a camper attends consecutive weeks

Discounts are additive.

Reservations

  • We will accept a maximum of 80 campers per session: ten in the 7-9 age bracket and a total of 70 in the remaining age brackets.
  • The easiest way to check availability for your camper is to visit the reservation website.  If you are able to select the week and age bracket that is appropriate for your camper, then we have room.  If we are full for that week and age bracket then you will not be able to purchase it.  You can also email admissions@sherwoodforestsummercamp.com to inquire.
  • Download the Camper Application, which includes detailed instructions on what you need to do, here - > Application
  • One item required on the camper application is a letter or document demonstrating that your camper is in good health for this type of activity.  If you are not sure if your doctor uses their own form, you can bring this one to your visit. -> Physical Exam Form
  • Make a payment here -> Reservations

FAQs

  • How can I know all the exciting things my camper is up to while they are at Sherwood Forest Summer Camp?
    • Join our Facebook page and watch for live posts about what is going on in our village.  We also post photos here every 1-2 days.
    • Those who prefer not to use Facebook can bookmark our Flickr page, where you can see our photos without having to create an account.  Flickr is updated every 1-2 days.
    • Watch for emailed accounts of what the kids have been up to.  They won’t include specific names of campers, because they are being sent out to all families, but they will give you an idea of how much fun they are having!  These will be sent out to all parents during the session their camper is attending.
    • Make sure your camper is prepared to write to you!  We have a Mail Day set each Wednesday, but they can write to you at any time and we will post it for them.
  • Do I need to use a specific form to show the “Results of Current Physical Examination” mentioned on the application?
    • We can accept the doctor’s preferred form, a legible doctor’s note stating that your camper is in good health and can participate in physical outdoor activities, or this form.
  • When are payments due?
    • Your $150 deposit is due with the camper’s application, and the balance is due by June 30th.
  • Can I make partial payments?
    • Yes.  To do this you must pay by check and mail to our PO Box.  The address is Sherwood Forest Summer Camp, PO Box 10816, Houston TX 77206.
  • Are there any scholarships?
    • Not yet.  But this is something we really want to do in the near future.
  • Can I speak to my camper on the phone while they are at Camp?
    • For the sake of preserving the illusion of our being in a medieval village to the maximum extent possible, we do not allow phone communications from home except in the event of an emergency.  (Imagine how distracting and disruptive 80 parents calling throughout the day to speak to my camper for “just one minute” would be!)  But of course you can expect that should anything require your attention we will address it with you immediately.
    • That being said, you can contact the Camp Director at any time if you have a non-emergency concern that you would like him to relay to your camper.  His number will be provided to all parents before their campers arrive.
  • How do you deal with homesickness?
    • We have found that homesickness is something worried about by parents far more than actually occurs.  When we do have a homesick camper, we divert them from that train of thought with fun activities.  Campers are kept so busy that they rarely have time to be sad about being away from home.  Our experience has been that after that first night, even those rare cases of homesickness tent to go away.
  • If my camper is staying multiple weeks, do they need to pack for multiple weeks?
    • Campers who are staying multiple weeks will have their laundry done free of charge on weekends.
  • Can I provide a care package for my camper?
    • Yes!  Our suggestion is that you secretly prepare it before camp begins, and surreptitiously drop it off when you are registering your camper.  We will deliver it to your camper on Wednesday.  Please do not include any food in the care package, or your camper will likely end up with critters in their sleeping quarters!

 

 

In Falconry Class with Master Kevin, campers learn the basics of how to tie falconers’ knots, they learn about various birds’ habits and requirements, and if they exhibit appropriate caution and patience they even get to hold a falcon! On the day shown, campers are learning how to make a Treasure Candle. They select items such as semi-precious stones and trinkets to place at various places in their candle as it cools; these items will then be rediscovered as the candle burns. Master Braider Andrea teaches basic techniques to campers who are new to braiding, and challenges any who possess a modicum of experience with advanced lessons.
Campers collaborate to put together a performance for their parents on their departure day. They work hard at rehearsal, often focusing on techniques such as projection and self-immersion. In Herb Lore with Uilliam MacArtuir, campers roam the village and stop to learn the properties of various plants, especially the ones that are dangerous. Here and there they even have an opportunity to taste edibles. Blacksmithing with Master Tiger and Mistress Erin is not for the faint of heart! Utmost care is taken to train campers in safety measures before they are allowed to strike red-hot iron and form it into useful objects.
Each evening after dinner Campers engage in a special activity. Pictured here is a Poi lesson given by Master Thom Thumb. In Pottery with Master Steward, campers learn how to form and decorate a clay mug which they can then utilize at the glorious feast on their final night. In Music class with Master Roy, campers learn the basics of rhythm and listening to each other, as well as learning to be less self-conscious in front of each other.

2014 Summer Camp Closing Performance

Session One

Session Two

Session Three

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